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How do you make the black bean burger at Bad Daddy’s?

By Robin Domeier
You Asked For It
Restaurant writer Robin Domeier tracks down Charlotte restaurant recipes that readers have requested. Domeier is owner of Nibbles Personal Chef.
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    - ROBIN DOMEIER
    Bad Daddy’s black bean burger has a creamy interior from mashed black beans and a crispy exterior from panko crumbs.
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    - ROBIN DOMEIER
    Bad Daddy’s black bean burger is part of the Cantina Burger, with green chiles, cheeses, avocado and chipotle ranch dressing.

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  • Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

    Locations: 1626 East Blvd., 704-714-4888; 15105 John J. Delaney Dr., Suite A, 704-919-2700; 8625-A Lindholm Dr., 704-237-4055; Concourse C, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, 704-359-4316; 111 Seaboard Ave., Raleigh, 919-747-9163.

    Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Breakfast 8- 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday (no breakfast at the Raleigh location).


  • Bad Daddy’s Black Bean Burger

    3 (15-ounce) cans of black beans, drained and rinsed

    1 tablespoon Heinz chili sauce

    1 teaspoon fresh chives, chopped

    1/4 cup roasted corn on the cob (see recipe)

    1/4 cup diced red bell pepper

    1/4 cup diced yellow bell pepper

    1/2 cup diced yellow onion

    1 teaspoon ancho chili powder

    1 tablespoon kosher salt

    2 tablespoons sour cream

    1 cup panko bread crumbs (see note)

    4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

    PLACE half of the beans in a large mixing bowl. Mash half of the beans into a chunky paste using a hand-held potato masher.

    ADD the remaining beans and the rest of the ingredients except the olive oil. Mix well by hand. The mixture should be firm.

    FORM black bean mixture into 6-ounce patties. You should have enough to make 6 full-size patties, and perhaps one small slider.

    ADD 2 tablespoons olive oil to a nonstick skillet over medium heat.

    COOK half the patties, browning them until a crust forms on each side. This will take about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove the patties from the skillet.

    ADD the remaining olive oil and heat until hot. Cook the remaining patties.

    SERVE immediately, on buns with whichever toppings you prefer.

    NOTE: Panko are Japanese-style bread crumbs. They’re available in most supermarkets, usually with the international products.

    Yield: 6 (6-ounce) patties plus one slider.


  • Roasted Corn on the Cob

    1 ear fresh corn, husk on and excess silk from the top removed

    PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees.

    PLACE corn on a foil-lined sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes. Turn and roast for 20 minutes longer, or until tender.

    COOL and remove husk. Cut the kernels off the cob. Cool completely before adding to the black bean burger mixture.


Lisa Kennedy of Charlotte writes: “I would like to know how they make the black bean burger at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. … I hear (from others in my family) that Bad Daddy’s has wonderful hamburgers, but I wouldn’t know since I always order the black bean burger.”

Lisa isn’t the only one ordering the black bean burger. Cory Laton of the FS Food Group (named for restaurateur Frank Scibelli) says Bad Daddy’s sells more than 3,000 black bean burgers each month.

That’s a lot of beans – and there’s a lot to take in with each bite of this burger.

Half of the black beans are mashed, so there’s almost a creamy quality inside the burger. There’s also sweetness from the roasted corn and tang from the sour cream. Panko bread crumbs are used, so when the burger is pan-fried, the bread crumbs crisp up the exterior.

At Bad Daddy’s, you can order a black bean burger straight up or get it as part of the Cantina Burger, which includes green chiles, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, avocado and chipotle ranch (easy to make by combining 1 to 2 teaspoons of minced canned chipotle with 2 tablespoons of ranch dressing).

Like the rest of Lisa’s family, I usually get a beef burger when I go to Bad Daddy’s. But if I feel like something lighter, I just may give the black bean burger a go.

Robin Domeier is owner of Nibbles Personal Chef.

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